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shockwaves around russia and the world. why didn't scientists see it coming? >> plus on the attack again. the hunt for a man who randomly punches women on the street. >> and smoking often gets a bad rap, but there's another vice being blamed for cancer rates. >> we'll get to that russian meteor in a bit. first our meteorologist has more on something we saw in our own skies! >> 7:42, more folks than normal looking up to the sky. and we had a pretty significant meteor occurrence right here over the bay area. ball park 7:42, 7:43. meteors are a common occurrence. but tonight more people were looking up because of the big
asteroid and because of this higher interest because of what happened in russia last night. some of the comments here "i feel lucky to have seen it." another one, "this was the most impressive i have ever seen." >> something we should be aware of. >> one would think this is all tied together. folks that do this for a living say no. these are just random occurrences. >> i hope they're right. [ laughter ] whatever just streaked across our sky, it wasn't nearly as traumatic as this. the meteor that exploded over russia, powerful enough to shatter windows and knock down walls. nobody saw it coming! how is that possible in this day and age? sharon chin says the answer, pretty simple. >> reporter: a fireball exploded across the russian sky.
dashboard video cameras captured the meteor soaring 33,000 miles an hour with the first of 20 world war ii atomic bombs. >> reporter: the explosion shattered thousands of windows and injured about 1,000 people. the sonic boom, felt in homes and classrooms. >> reporter: astronomers call it cosmic coincidence that the meteor struck on the same day that an asteroid passed near the earth. but why did we know about the asteroid a year in advance yet have no warning about the meteor. >> it just snuck up on us. and that's not unusual for the small ones. >> reporter: an astronomer says the meteor was too small to detect by ground telescopes and radar. it was only 1/3 the size of the asteroid. the asteroid was about as big as a
supermarket. and he says we're lucky it missed us. >> something like that hits the ground, it's going to be pretty disastrous, a 2.5-ton nuclear bomb. it would wipe out most of san francisco. >> reporter: the meteor in russia smashed into an icy lake about 70 miles outside of town. scientists will study the rock hoping to discover the origins of the solar system. some say what happened today is a wake-up call. some former astronauts are funding a mission to launch a satellite that tracks meteors before they hit the earth. >> a perfect circle in the ice! somebody's going to go down and get it, i imagine. >> more than one somebody. >> thank you
for that. you can see more of the amazing video of the meteor as well as a photo gallery of its path of destruction at cbse f.com. the meteor hit the ground with the force of 20 hiroshima bombs. but the asteroid that came later came within 17,000 miles of the earth. satellites are in higher orbit. >> nasa is currently studying about 9,000 of these near-earth asteroids. about 1,800 of them are fairly large, and those are of particular interest to us. >> nasa says there's no connection between the two events. it was simply a cosmic coincidence. a sfring of attacks on women -- a string of attacks on women in the mission district
may be the work of one man. >> reporter: both attacks happened in the heart of the mission district. both in the early morning hours. and in each case, the attacker's methods were exactly the same. a lone woman walks toward the man and is then grabbed from behind. no robbery, no sexual attack, just a beating with fists. police believe the same man was responsible in both cases. victims describe this hooded suspect. and tonight women say the streets of the mission are dangerous at times. >> i feel when there's not a lot of people around, people will search for people who are just walking alone. i think people can be a target when it's late. >> i try not to leave places late. i call a lift or walk down the middle of the street instead of walking next to shadows and bushes. or i'll walk with a friend. i have my arsenal of tactic, i guess you could say. >> i'm lucky nothing has ever happened to me even when i'm
alone. but yeah, i would assume it'd be really dangerous around that time. >> reporter: police say this is a sketch of the attacker. and they ask anyone with information to skakt the san francisco police department -- contact the san francisco police department. >> reporter: these attacks happened at 1:00 and 2:00 in the morning. police are urging women in the mission district not to walk alone if they're out during the early morning hours. the search for explosives in the house of a man who threatened the life of a state senator has rapped up after four days. kit shows us what happened. >> reporter: neighbors call him weird, a wannabe, and a poseur.
hecorrected the judge on the pronounce -- he corrected the judge on the pronunciation of his name, and was told by his attorneys to keep quiet. he stockpiled weapons and bombs and lived like a hoarder. >> i can tell you the most important thing is that nobody was hurt. >> reporter: bomb technicians have spent the past four days in his home wading through clutter chest-deep. they found explosives, chemical, a completely assembled bomb, and three assault weapons, including a combat shotgun, and a high-powered rifle. he was allegedly upset over senate yi's gun control bills and e-mailed a death threat detailing how, when, and where the assassination would take place. he bragged about his instierp -- sniper training. >> reporter: his parents live nearby but declined an interview and shut off the porch light.
he has been described as a brilliant engineer, albeit one when walked around in military fatigues and put a half dozen security cameras on his roof. >> it's a huge sigh of relief. i got to take a deep breath. okay. we were able to fulfill our obligation, and i'm excited to tell the neighbors everything is good. >> reporter: and pretty much everything they've recovered in the past four days is sitting inside that truck. they got a couple more items to process, and they say they'll likely be out of here finally by tomorrow. new details from the final hours of the manhunt for the excop who was wanted in a series of vengeent killings. -- vengeance killings. christopher dorner had been hiding in a condo right stroosz the street
from the police -- across the street from the police command center. >> the information we have right now seems to indicate that the wound that took christopher dorner's life was self-inflicted. >> and a weapon believe to be used by him was found outside in the snow. four people were killed including a police officer and a sheriff's deputy. a star student at cal has had a secret for years. now the math genius is taking a big risk. his bold addition to the immigration debate. >> in mathematics and applied statistics in uc berkeley. >> reporter: student terrance park is doing the math. >> it costs the u.s. government over $23,000 to deport a single individual. >> that's $23,000 to deport me? >> reporter: park has taken a
calculated risk, exposing himself as an undocumented immigrant subject to deportation. he's doing it to campaign for the dream act, an immigration law congress is considering that will allow certain students like himself the path to citizenship, and it allows him to get financial aid to continue his studies at yale or brown. he already lost out on a research internship with the national security agency. >> i wanted to explore what they can offer me. but it's the fact that i can't even have that chance to explore. >> reporter: park's mother brought him here from south korea on a visa. she is still waiting. >> she knows there's risk. she always keeps low . that's why she's been telling me to -- >> stay under the radar. >> right. for the first eight years. >> reporter: park is currently protected under california's law that allows immigrant children who arrive in the u.s. under age
16 to stay as long as he's in school. that doesn't apply nationwide, and an estimated 2.1 million students are in the same predicament. like his friend who just graduated berkeley, hong's status prevents him from getting a job. >> we know we contribute back to our society and we pay taxes and will make a positive difference in the lives of others. >> reporter: the youtube video was produced by a group led by the widow of apple cofounder steve jobs. park says his face shows the human side of the immigration reform debate. >> you're taking a chance. is it worth it ? >> it's definitely worth it. >> reporter: supporters say the dream act encourages social and economic benefits. but critics argue it only encourages and possibly invites illegal immigration. congress is set to debate this once again. still to come, the man who
slapped a baby on an airplane. >> and the extra delay some passengers face aftering stuck on a cruise ship for -- after being stuck on a cruise ship for five days. >> and new evidence showing how one drink a day can put you at risk for cancer. ,,,,,,,,,,
news reporter anna werner s us what it w we've heard so much about that nightmare cruise. anna werner shows us what it was really like. >> reporter: the triumph sits
in a mobile shippiard tonight. investigators are -- ship yard tonight. marine investigator patrick spoke to cbs news by phe after seeing the damaged engine room. >> we can see the fire originated from one specific point. it wasn't a widespread fire that was all over the engine room. so there was some type of system down there that we have to look closely at. >> reporter: eight days after what was supposed to be a 4-day cruise to mexico, passengers cheered, and some literally kissed the ground when they finally got off the ship late last night. >> reporter: more pictures of the conditions on board emerged today. some decks turned into tent cities. plastic bags were substitutes for toilet, and carpenters were stained by sewage. passenger betty. >> what was the worst part? >> not have ing a toilet. it was just really gross. and we had
no -- at times we had no water. we couldn't even wash our hands. >> reporter: many passengers like melissa had only praise for the crew. >> they were going on no sleep for days and days and days. they were awesome. >> reporter: nicole brown from dallas kept a bed sheet that passengers used as a memory wall to sign their name and write messages. >> what do you want to remember out of this? >> i just want to remember that we were all family, we made it, and we survived. >> reporter: many of the passengers were put on buses to be taken to new orleans before going home. bad luck struck again when one of the buses broke down mid-trip. those people were put on another bus. many of them are now in their own hometowns. since this ship is registered in the bahamas, the bahammian maritime authority is running this investigation. and the first passenger has now
filed the first lawsuit over this cruise. a delta airlines passenger is accused of taking matters into his own hands to try to quiet a toddler. he slapped the child in the face. not even his kid. it happened on a descent into atlanta last week. he hit a 19 month old baby after ordering the mother to shut that "bleep" baby up, the bleep being a racial slur. >> now to a calm topic. >> we've got meteors out of the sky, cruise ships backing up plumbing! what's next! [ laughter ] >> the weather's nice though. >> some weather change, that's it. here's a look at what we
had today. what's going on? mid-february? no, more like early april. los gatos, 76, fairfield, 73, san ramon, 72. a lot of you made it into the 70s. and we'll do it again tomorrow. when you wake up and start that 3-day weekend, won't that be nice, oakland 47. san jose 46. livermore, 42. rainfall ! snowpack is 75% of normal. down 61% from the binning of the year! we could use some rain. and some nose in the mountains -- snow in the mountains. we have high pressure on the move away from us. as it begins to move away, we get an onshore flow. after tomorrow, temperatures drop 5 degrees on sunday, 5 degrees more on sunday. say goodbye to the 70s
for a while. first of many cold fronts will move through. enforcing the cold air and keeping us in a showery pattern. we're dry for the entire holiday weekend, but the highs are going to be dropping down to the 50s by monday, and rain will be dropping from the sky by tuesday. 71 from los gatos, san ramon, low 70s. novato, 67. cooling down sunday, president's day. rain, tuesday, thursday, and friday! hopefully nothing else falling from the sky. >> only the rain. >> weep the we want the rain. >> and maybe some snow in the mountains. we have been told that moderate amounts of alcohol can
be good for your heart. but now we're learning even a small amount can be bad in another y. julia goodrich increased cancer risk. >> reporter: we've heard how alcohol in moderation can have heart benefits. but now any benefit is outweighed by alcohol-related death. a study says alcohol causes ten times as many deaths as it prevents. >> the issue is that there is no safe limit for alcohol and cancer. >> reporter: doctor tom is with the alcohol research group in emeryville. he coauthored the study. >> people haven't thought about alcohol as being carcinogenic, even though there are warning signs. >> reporter: 20,000 americans lose their lives to cancer every year, he says, as a result of drinking alcohol. while most of these deaths occur among those who drink three or more
alcoholic beverages a day, roughly 1/3 occur with much lighter drinking with no more than 1.5 drinks a day. so what counts as a drink? you might be surprised. 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine, and 1.5 ounces of hard liquor. each is considered a drink. >> this study strengthens what in the cancer community we have known all together. >> reporter: he says this study provides further validation about alcohol and cancer versus benefits to the heart. >> patients will immediately come back to me and say but i've known all these years that it's good for my heart. and we know that heart disease is more prevalent and more common. but the statistic by 2020 is is that cancer will be the no. 1 killer in this country. >> reporter: and we're not just talking about liver cancer. colon cancer, throat cancer, and in women breast cancer. and the most startling statistic, a cancer-related death due to
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company employees had their laptops infected by malwaret d a mobile tooks said today it's -- facebook said today it's been hacked. employees had their computers infectd when they visited a mobile website. user data and information are not being compromised. oscar pistorius is facing charges of premeditated murder. known as the blade runner, he is accused of shooting his model girlfriend three times. one of his hobbies was target shooting. >> we went to the firing range
and shot his 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol. >> family members issued a statement, insisting he is not guilty of murder. we move on, friday ladies' night in college hoops, and it came down to this. on the road with the sharks! ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
with a 5-4, 11th inning winr michigan... ...then theres e the role stuff, cal baseball opened its season with a 5-4, 11-inning win against michigan. the two captains mixing it up, sharks down 1-0, and the
blackhawks are so fast! kruger puts it by. 2-0 chicago. sharks cut it to 2-1. power play for chicago , shaw paut batts it out of mid--- bats it out of mid-air. blackhawks take it 4-1. amber orange with a 3-ball. stanford wins 77-55. cal at ucla, all bears tonight. 71-59 the final. and from the challenge game, the ball handling! >> boom! >> woo!